Thank you for making the case for civil forfeiture reform in your recent editorial (“Time for civil-forfeiture reform,” Web, Nov. 17). Right now, police can confiscate cars, cash and homes without charging owners with a crime. Vague allegations of drug trafficking don’t justify turning protectors of the peace into financial predators. The drug war threatens the integrity of a country founded on the concept of limited government.
Everyone providing a reference for candidates applying to the Montgomery County Police Department must answer this question: Is this the officer you would want to respond to your emergency? Long before his path crossed Michael Brown’s, Darren Wilson was no stranger to the internal affairs department. His previous department was disbanded for excessive brutality, and the Ferguson Police Department considered him a good hire. No one made him “unlearn” what he had been taught.
In the recent op-ed “A brave new world of intolerance” (Commentary, Nov. 14), the Montgomery County, Md., school board rationalizes doing away with acknowledging all religious-themed holidays because the board is “closing for operational reasons.”
President Obama needs to secure our borders. He needs to stop releasing into our country illegals who have committed crimes. It doesn’t matter what kind of crimes; many of these illegals have already been deported a couple of times only to sneak back into America and commit deadly acts. Are these the people Mr. Obama wants to give amnesty to?
On Jan. 29, 2014, the Obama administration began posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website ads to secure ‘escort service’ contracts for up to 65,000 unaccompanied alien children. By May the situation had reached crisis level and the feds placed a gag order on our border patrol to keep the mess from the public. When asked about the developing humanitarian crisis on the southern border, the administration’s response was that they were just learning about the situation through the media.